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Total Success Running MMD on Win 10 64-bit! MikuMikuDance

A Feature Article by Reggie Dentmore on LearnMMD.comI ordered a “gamers” 64-bit Windows 10 PC from a refurbisher on eBay. It arrived on Friday afternoon (yesterday); I plugged it in and started to learn about Windows 10. I had only ever run Windows XP and Vista (Vista on an inexpensive ACER laptop with too little RAM). XP has been my mainstay for well over a decade. Trying to figure out Win 10, after XP, was like trying to learn a new language! All of the elements were there but in new places using, perhaps, different names and different menus to find them.

I had Total Success Running MMD on Win 10 64-bit!

FIVE Downloads in my Downloads folder!

Then, this morning, I started to add MikuMikuDance to my new Win 10 PC. I went to the LearnMMD.com Downloads page and downloaded MMD 9.31×64 … and then I downloaded MME v037x64 “in English” (It’s important that both MMD and MME “match”: both must be 32-bit or both must be 64-bit.)

Then I took a look at that orange chart, there, on the downloads page that shows you what OTHER software MMD needs to have installed. I downloaded the DirectX 9c Runtime, C++ 2008 Redistributable for 64-bit, and the C++ 2010 Redistributable for 64-bit.

First and only Hiccup… DirectX Runtime installation

I ran the DirectX executable that I had downloaded… and it asked me “Where” to place the files it was about to download. I had no idea. So, I went back to LearnMMD.com and the main Troubleshooting article… and it told me to place a new folder named TMP onto my C drive. I did so… and then returned to that question, clicked BROWSE… and navigated my way to that TMP folder.

That DirectX Runtime then finished its installation without another incident.

I then unzipped the C++ 2008 Redistributable and installed that software.

Next: the C++ 2010 software.

Then I dragged the MMD zip folder to my Desktop and unzipped it… “Extract All”… and found my new MMD folder on the Desktop. … I did the same with the MME zip folder. I opened that new MME folder and did a drag-and-drop to put the three DLLs into the same folder as the MikuMikuDance.exe file.

Finally: MikuMikuDance!

I opened that new MMD folder… and tried to open MikuMikuDance.

If you've done it right, MMEffect will show in the upper right corner of the main window.SUCCESS! … MMD opened and looked great and that little MMEffect was where it belonged: in the upper right corner of my screen.

FAST Computer!

Knowing I had a whiz-bang new computer, I tried loading the Sample(All Stars).pmm sample dance. In just a couple of blinks, it was loaded and on-screen. I was ALREADY further-along than what my old XP computer could usually accomplish! Almost every time, it used to “lock-up” when I tried to open that dance. My new Windows 10 “gamers” computer was able to play that dance at between 56- and 58-frames per second! (When my old XP DID play this dance, it was at, maybe, 2- or 3-fps!)

 Running MMD on Win 10 64-bit is easy if you keep your head and do it properly!

Doin’ the Sparkly Happy Dance!

For my next trick, I dragged the new Mikumikudance.exe file and it’s DATA folder into my old, existing MMD folder. I then did a drag-and-drop to move those three new DLLS into that old folder to replace the old 32-bit DLLs.

I opened MMD… It worked perfectly. … I was JAZZED!

Next, I opened my most MME effect-heavy saved dance… and… it opened quickly and ran just fine at 60-fps.


I had total success running MMD on Win 10 64-bit!

Have fun with MikuMikuDance!



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  1. AgentSandraCartrip AgentSandraCartrip
    May 31, 2019    

    I recently downloaded MMD onto my new Windows 10, but I can’t get it to open. I have already downloaded and installed the needed DirectX and C++ programmes but when I try to open it I keep getting a “side by side configuration is incorrect” message. Does anyone know how I can fix this problem? Thank you in advance!

    • May 31, 2019    

      The “side by side configuration is incorrect” message indicates that you haven’t installed necessary C++ Redistributable programs as you claim. Perhaps you’ve just downloaded them, stashed somewhere, and now expect the rest to be cut out for you?

      Check Control Panel’s Programs and Features tab – if you truly installed those libraries, they should be listed there.

      • AgentSandraCartrip AgentSandraCartrip
        May 31, 2019    

        I went back and checked on that; it turns out the C++ programmes did install but DirectX didn’t. So I installed that and still had issues. So I resorted to the age-old action of rebooting the computer and it worked like a charm! (I think my biggest mistake was not rebooting the computer and thus the programmes didn’t install properly)

  2. Darketernal Darketernal
    May 6, 2019    

    The article says it’s posted on May 5, 2019, but some comments in here are from 2018, so when did you get a new computer actually? And what specs are you running on?

    In the old days windows XP was very stable, i kept running on it as well and skipped on Vista, and only did a bit on Windows 7, Windows 10 however is by far the most stable operating Microsoft system. I was wondering about your article though, I have Directx 12 installed, and as far to my knowledge if you have a new version you don’t have to install a version of Directx 9 anymore.

    I’d love to hear about the specs of your new computer Reggie ^_^

    • May 6, 2019    

      >The article says it’s posted on May 5, 2019, but some comments in here are from 2018
      Sometimes Reggie pushes old articles to the top of the queue, to renew interest, I suppose.

      >I have Directx 12 installed, and as far to my knowledge if you have a new version you don’t have to install a version of Directx 9 anymore.
      This is true for most cases, but not for MMD. It requires not “latest” but *specific* libraries of DirectX, and by default installers omit them as obsolete.

      • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
        May 7, 2019    

        Yup… GOOD CATCH, Darketernal… I figured no one would notice! I have recently received several questions about using MMD with Windows 10 so I decided to move that article back to the top of the page.

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      May 7, 2019    

      My whiz-bang computer… purchased from a freelance computer refurbisher on eBay for $500, delivered, in December of 2018.
      Windows 10 Pro x64
      HP Z220 CMT Workstation … full-size tower
      Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E3-1225 V2 @ 3.20GHz, 3201 Mhz, 4 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s)
      16Gb ram
      120Gb SSD
      1T HDD
      NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 2Gb
      … plus a nice 24″ HD ViewSonic monitor, another $125.

      … I know that GTX 1050 @ 2Gb is not the latest/greatest… but for what I do with MMD, and such, it seems fine.

  3. Mycomni Mycomni
    March 1, 2019    

    The MS site says that that don’t have those programs anymore. Where did you get them at please?

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      March 1, 2019    

      Well… I just checked all of those links, there, in that boxed area of the Downloads page… and all six of them are GOOD… they take you to Microsoft’s pages and there is a Download button for each one. … I don’t know what to tell you…

  4. Jewelie Jewelie
    December 25, 2018    

    I just went through the Same- transition! @V@!

    SQUEE- My PMX Plugins! @^@
    I’m UBEr happy! It even saved My custom SHADERS! @V@!
    Gaming PC TOO- God- I’m DREAMING of new MMD updates..
    I remember when I first Upgraded- I was completely- Mind blown by the Differences- But it’s been a year now-
    And- the Mocap uses the Old xbox Kinect system.. I’m- getting really worried about Mmd!

  5. Technoid Technoid
    December 20, 2018    

    You’re seriously in the same boat I’m in, I copied my old MMD installation folder to my new Windows 10 computer but it didn’t work. Came here, this post was on top!

    • Reggie_Dentmore Reggie_Dentmore
      December 20, 2018    

      So… a GOOD thing. Yes? … MMD is now working for you?

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